|Job Title||Community Development Lead|
|Accountable to||Chief Executive|
|Personnel responsible for||Volunteers, Freelance Creative Practitioners|
|Location||WHALE Arts Centre and across Wester Hailes|
|Hours of Work||0.8 of FT post / 28 hours per week / 4 days per week (however hours can be worked flexibly)|
|Contract Length||February 2021 – March 2022 (fixed term, however the intention would be to extend the post, dependant on funding)|
|Salary||£24,095 (£19,276 for 4 days a week)|
This is a new fixed term post which links together a range of strands of our work focused around membership development and engagement including: collaborative work on a local community-led regeneration project to create a Local Place Plan for Wester Hailes; community and membership conversations aligned with our upcoming community asset transfer; growth and development of our membership including introducing a young membership; furthering our work on co-production and nurturing new projects and volunteering opportunities locally based on resident’s ideas and interests; building confidence locally so that people feel empowered to take leadership roles in developing new activities and opportunities with and for the residents of Wester Hailes.
It is funded in 2021 /2022 through Scottish Government Investing in Communities Fund.
Vision: Wester Hailes is a creative, thriving, resilient, fair community.
Mission: We create the conditions for our communities to work alongside artists and cultural practitioners to become creative agents for change who will proactively co-design, participate in, support or lead quality creative activity at all stages of their lives.
WHALE Arts is:
- Community-led – we are embedded in our community, consult with local people, we are a membership organisation, we have local board members.
- A Community Anchor Organisation – we are the conduit between local people, artists and cultural opportunities and organisations.
- Place-based – we develop creative programmes and services that have a simultaneous focus on people living in Wester Hailes and the social, geographical, infrastructural, and economic factors of the area and the synergies between the two: people and place.
- Building-based – we have responsibility for a building from which we run a range of programmes, activities and services which are largely free or subsidised and are tailored towards people from Wester Hailes and the surrounding area. We also use the building as an asset from which we can generate income which contributes to our running costs and our unrestricted reserves.
- Strengths-based / Asset-based – we make the most of, and building on, the skills and experiences of local people and assets within the community.
WHALE (Wester Hailes Arts for Leisure and Education) launched in 1992 and was originally based in the Blue Hut on the Murrayburn Greenway. WHALE was launched officially on August 7th, 1992, and saw a balloon launch, a hot air balloon trip as well as live music and street performers.
Over the past 27 years WHALE Arts has grown and continued to adapt and innovate through challenging times, moving to a purpose-built home in November 2000, the same building the organisation works from today. 2017 saw celebrations for the 25th anniversary of WHALE Arts and 2022 will be our 30th year.
WHALE Arts launched a new strategic plan in 2019 which will take the organisation forward into 2024. This new strategy has a focus on Arts, Health & Wellbeing; Creative Placemaking & Regeneration; Enterprise, Learning and Skills as well as Development and Improvement of our key asset (our building).
WHALE Arts Strategic Plan 2019 – 2024 https://issuu.com/whalearts/docs/strategic_plan_whale_2019_-_2024__web_version_
Our Community Development Lead will be responsible for leading the following activities:
- Creation of a Membership Engagement Plan in order to recruit new members and support their participation in a wide range of activities.
- Supporting WHALE Members to develop new creative activities and services to take place at WHALE and across the local area to improve wellbeing, economic prospects and the physical environment
- Working with local people on projects based on their ideas, responding to local need in a way which is not linked to specific or pre-defined outputs.
- Supporting WHALE Members to participate in the conversations around Asset Transfer (plan to buy the land underneath WHALE Arts from the local authority)
- Developing a programme of regular activities and events, which aim to evaluate membership participation at WHALE Arts.
- Creation of an Annual Membership Report, which reports on WHALE Member participation and involvement.
- Work with Wester Hailes Community Trust and other local partners and consultants on local engagement for an upcoming Local Place Plan for Wester Hailes.
- Meet regularly with staff and freelance artists
- Attend area-wide network meeting such a Living Well Wester Hailes and the SW Voluntary Sector Forum.
- Attendance at board meetings and any other relevant sub committees.
- Organise events and volunteer celebrations where relevant within the role.
- Contribute to an enthusiastic, positive working environment within WHALE.
- Model behaviour as a champion of the company’s mission, vision and values.
- Responsible for own learning – identifying training and development gaps and seeking opportunities to learn in different ways.
- Work to achieve agreed goals and targets and create written reports.
- Follow guidelines, procedures and policies provided by the organisation in relation to financial management and data.
- Experience of working with all age groups with a personable approach to work.
- Complying with all HR policies including equal opportunities policy and practice, health and safety practices and principles and standards relating to quality management and customer care.
- Set up / improve current systems to track, monitor and review quantitative data relating to the Membership.
- Collect Members stories (for case studies, evaluation, and funding applications).
- Contribute communications materials to our WHALE Arts digital channels (e.g. social media, newsletters and website) where relevant to role.
- Store information in a confidential manner and in line with our GDPR policy.
- Undertake other appropriate duties as required commensurate with the level and role of the job.
Job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may, from time to time, be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
Essential Skills & Experience
- Experience of community development.
- Experience designing, delivering and evaluating programmes of activity.
- Skills, experience and confidence to facilitate groups.
- Knowledge of safeguarding practices and experience of following organisational policies and procedures relating to this.
- Using digital technologies in creative and engagement processes.
- Experience of supporting and managing others especially volunteers and freelance artists.
- Understand how to build relationships and work with local stakeholders.
- Can demonstrate leadership experience and the ability to self-manage workload.
- Confident writing project reports.
- Confident managing budgets.
Desirable Skills & Experience
- Experience working or volunteering with a member-based organisation.
- Knowledge of Local Place Plans and the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019.
- Knowledge of Community Asset Transfer and the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015.
- Know the Wester Hailes area well with knowledge of local organisations, services and the community.
- Ability to create and design appropriate materials/media for promoting community development activities within the role.
Apply by email attaching:
- An up to date CV detailing relevant education and employment experience (no more than 2 pages)
- A covering letter demonstrating how your skills meet the Person Specification (no more than 1 page)
- Details of two referees, including at least one previous employer.
Applications open on 21.12.20 and will close on Wednesday 27th January 2020, 1pm. Late applications will not be considered. Please send these to firstname.lastname@example.org using Community Development Lead in the subject line.
Please don’t send questions about the role to this email address as it will not be monitored on a daily basis, questions should be sent to Leah Black (details below).
Interviews are anticipated to be held at WHALE Arts, or on Zoom on Tuesday 9th February
Equal Opportunities Monitoring:
WHALE Arts Agency is committed to recruiting high quality candidates whose skills and experience are most suited to the job regardless of sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, religion (or beliefs), marital status, sexual orientation (or perceived sexual orientation), disability, age or political affiliation. Please complete the Equal Opportunities form enclosed with the application pack. This information is for monitoring purposes only, will be treated as confidential and will not be used in the selection process.
We are happy to answer any questions about this role, please contact:
Leah Black, Chief Executive, WHALE Arts, 07773 553 445, email@example.com
Leah will be on annual leave 21.12.20 – 06.01.21 but is happy to answer questions or have a conversation from 6th January.